17 July 2019 at 18:11Share
Esra Bilik (Turkey)
Poster – English
‘Neurons and humans are social entities, cannot exist in isolation, and can only be understood in relationships with others’ (Siegel)
It will not be wrong to state that psychodrama is the most interactive psychotherapy system with the body and especially with the nervous system regarding its philosophy as well as its techniques. Recent studies revealing the formation of new neurons even in elderly ages point at the fact that brain development takes place through ‘new learning’. Moreno’s concepts of Creativity and Spontaneity are the tools that keep perpetual development alive through recreating each moment. This means that multiplied neural networks stay alive by making new connections. Soul-body integrity in psychodrama activates the kinesics memory of the body in all protagonist studies and old traumatic experiences are recalled from the memory through almost true-to-reality scenes activating sense organs as well. This process necessitates the activation of memories, emotions (hippocampus, amygdala, limbic networks) in the brain and the most primitive structures along with PFC which is accepted as the most developed structure. Formation of new records as experiences by protagonists through symbolic realization corresponds to restructuring process which is directed by the award systems in the brain physiologically meaning the activity of the middle brain, ventral tegmental area and substantia nigra. Mirror neurons, which are now well known to enable a kind of communication beyond empathy, have explanatory qualities regarding Tele which is one the most important concepts of psychodrama. Moreover, role reversal technique that enables people to reach a kind of information they think they know through surplus reality are the most active moments of mirror neurons. Displaying the key concepts of psychodrama and neural equivalents of its techniques are aimed in this poster along with discussing which neural connections ensure the permanence of therapeutic recovery.